1943 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1943 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Wyoming

Most Outstanding Player: Kenny Sailors, Wyoming

Final Four: Wyoming, Georgetown, DePaul, Texas

Shining Moments

  • The great George Mikan played in this tournament. He was with DePaul and scored 11 in a semifinal loss to eventual runner-up Georgetown.
  • Sailors is the man actually credited for “inventing” the jump shot. And if he didn’t truly invent it, he popularized it.
  • Another glaring example of how times have changed. World War II was blooming, and Wyoming had many players who were ready/able/expected to be called for duty. They’d put their college careers on hold for a year, two, maybe permanently, and go fight across the globe.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: New York

Wyoming (46)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Kenny Sailors 6 4-5 2 16
Jim Collins 4 0-0 1 8
Jim Weir 2 1-3 2 5
Don Waite 0 0-0 0 0
Milo Komenich 4 1-4 2 9
Floyd Volker 2 1-2 3 5
Lew Roney 0 1-2 1 1
Jimmie Reese 1 0-0 0 2
Totals 19 8-16 11 46

Georgetown (40)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Jim Reilly 1 0-0 0 2
Lloyd Potolicchio 1 2-3 1 4
Dan Gabbianelli 1 2-3 3 4
Henry Hyde 0 0-0 0 0
John Mahnken 2 2-3 2 6
Bill Hassett 3 0-3 4 6
Frank Finnerty 0 0-0 0 0
Danny Kraus 2 0-1 3 4
Bill Feeney 4 0-0 1 8
Totals 14 6-13 14 34

  • Scoring Leader: John Hargis, Texas (59 points, 29.5 ppg).
  • Most Outstanding Player: Kenny Sailors, F, Jr., Wyoming (28 points in final two games).

    1943 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Georgetown 55, New York Univ. 36
    DePaul 46, Dartmouth 35

    West
    Texas 59, Washington 55
    Wyoming 53, Oklahoma 50


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Dartmouth 51, NYU 49

    West
    Oklahoma 48, Washington 43


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Georgetown 53, DePaul 49

    West
    Wyoming 58, Texas 54


    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Wyoming 46, Georgetown 34
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